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50 Great American Authors

50 American Authors

We are celebrating those new and old American authors that we love at World of Books. You will find a list of 50 fantastic authors that were all born in the land of the free and have produced some fantastic pieces of literature that stand the test of time. Find out our top 50 American authors below.

1. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
3. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
4. J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
5. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men
6. Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451
7. Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven
8. Margaret Mitchell – Gone With the Wind
9. Ernest Hemmingway – The Old Man and the Sea
10. Alice Walker – The Color Purple
11. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
12. Stephen King – IT
13. Arthur Miller – The Crucible
14. Jack Kerouac – On The Road
15. Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
16. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games
17. John Green – The Fault in our Stars
18. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
19. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
20. Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass
21. Dr Seuss – The Cat in the Hat
22. Isaac Asimov – Foundation
23. Joseph Heller – Catch-22
24. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
25. Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
26. Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
27. Bill Bryson – A Walk in the Woods
28. George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones
29. Maurice Sendak – Where the Wild Things Are
30. Thomas Harris – The Silence of the Lambs
31. Stan Lee – The Ultimate Spiderman
32. Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
33. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper
34. Rick Riordan – The Lightning Thief
35. Louis Sachar – Holes
36. William Peter Blatty – The Exorcist
37. R.L. Stine – Goosebumps
38. Jeff Lindsay – Dearly Devoted Dexter
39. James Patterson – Kiss the Girls
40. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
41. Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five
42. H.P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
43. Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire
44. Truman Capote – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
45. Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
46. E. B. White – Charlotte’s Web
47. Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
48. L. Frank Baum – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
49. Chuck Palahniuk – Fight Club
50. Cormac McCarthy – The Road

Who is your favourite American author? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Reply Richard July 2, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    James Ellroy

    • Reply Michał Stanek July 3, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      I LOVE Ellroy’s novels. Greetings from Poland 🙂

  • Reply Noemi July 3, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    The title of the Dick novel is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Blade Runner is the title of the movie adaptation. Some editions might have come out with the movie title but I think the novel should be referred to under its original title.
    Otherwise, it’s a great list. Though it was a bit surprising to see John Green up there instead of, say, Hawthorne or Hemingway, but that’s just me 🙂

    • Reply admin July 3, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Hello Noemi, we have amended the title for you 😉

      Many thanks, World of Books

      • Reply Noemi July 3, 2018 at 2:46 pm

        Yay 🙂 Cheers!

  • Reply Michał Stanek July 3, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Favourite? ONE? Eh… Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, E. L. Doctorow, James Ellroy and Raymond Chandler. Cheers from Poland and thanks for five McMurtry books I’ve bought at WoB and read in English.

  • Reply Maria September 7, 2018 at 5:25 am

    So difficult! F Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway have to be my favourites. The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms are two of my favourite novels of all time (thus far!).
    There’s also a special place in my heart from F.L Baum, E.B White and Sachar.

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